General Education Requirements - Department of Professional Studies

Overview

These requirements are only for students enrolled in the George Fox Department of Professional Studies degree completion program (Elementary Education general education requirements can be found here). For traditional undergraduate students, please see the general education requirements posted in that section of the catalog.

Most students will complete all, or nearly all, of the below requirements prior to enrolling in the major cohort classes. Topics offered as a LACC 285 course will only meet one general education requirement per topic. Students should confer with an Enrollment Counselor.

All requirements are expressed in semester credits.

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General Education Requirements

This requirement is met by MGOL 407 Christian Faith and Thought (MSBS 407 for SBS majors), which is part of all majors. Students desiring to take an additional Bible course may do so as part of the humanities requirement.
The roots and origins of the Christian faith are investigated. Focus is placed on the history of Christianity, the influence of Christianity upon society, and how Christian values relate to managing people. Prerequisite: MGOL 401 Organizational Behavior, MGOL 413 Ethics for Managers.

Choose two of the following:

Students must take one college-level writing class as part of this requirement. The remainder may be completed with Speech, Interpersonal, or Business Communication courses.
This course is designed to help students articulate their personal and professional learning as applicable for prior-learning assessment. Students will develop writing skills by practicing various writing strategies to promote analytical thinking and effective communication. Course content includes the development of lifelong learning skills. (Prior to Spring 2020, this course was LACC 215)
This covers communication as it affects and is affected by language and culture. Topics include contextualized use of communication within speech communities, intercultural effectiveness, cultural communication theory, competent intercultural experiences in co-cultures (ethnic, gender, intergenerational, deaf, etc.) and global cultural groups. A student may not earn credit for both the lower-division and upper-division versions of this course.
An adult-focused course designed to build on student writing and research skills such as composition techniques, critical reading and thinking skills, grammar and editing, and basic research skills, and offer an introduction to APA formatting and citation.
An adult-focused course designed to build on student knowledge of essay construction, intermediate composition techniques, kinds of essays, intermediate research skills, and intermediate elements of prose, and teach advanced APA formatting and citation.
This course is designed to help students articulate their personal and professional learning as applicable for prior-learning assessment. Students will develop writing skills by practicing various writing strategies to promote analytical thinking and effective communication. Course content includes the development of lifelong learning skills. (Beginning Spring 2020, this course is ASPD 215)
A scheduled class with topics chosen to meet the special needs and interests of students, faculty, or visiting professors.

 

The LACC 285 topics that may meet the Communications requirement are:

  • Conflict Resolution Strategies
  • Jesus and Leadership
  • The Art of Persuasion: Tools for Influence
  • The Art of Storytelling

Choose one of the following:

Students in this course will learn to think critically about their personal health and wellness in the context of Christian commitment. They will learn scientific principles of aerobic conditioning and weight training. Popular lifetime fitness activities will be introduced. Special emphasis will be placed on developing and maintaining lifestyle habits that optimize well-being. (May not be repeated for credit.)
A study of our nation's current health problems and concerns. Emphasis on health consumerism and current trends, diseases, the sanctity of life, and fitness. Goal is to develop an educated view on current health issues.
This course is intended to introduce students to the skills and knowledge necessary to enjoy safe hiking and backpacking experiences. Specific skills include planning and preparation, choosing equipment and clothing, navigation, meal planning, managing risk, and using the wilderness responsibility and courteously.
This course incorporates a theoretical and experiential exploration of the causes and effects of stress physiologically and psychologically. Students will be introduced to physical, mental, and spiritual techniques to reduce stress and increase relaxation.
A scheduled class with topics chosen to meet the special needs and interests of students, faculty, or visiting professors.

 

The LACC 285 topics that may meet the Health and Human Performance requirement are:

  • Yoga: A Path to Physical, Mental and Spiritual Well-Being
  • Walking for Fitness

Choose three of the following:

Students must take a total of 9 credits from the following areas: fine arts (including music and theater), history, literature, cultural studies, foreign language, philosophy, religion, and Bible.

Only three credits of applied fine arts, and six credits total of all fine arts, may be used.

An in-depth study of a specific era or group found within Western art, such as studies in the Baroque and Rococo, Renaissance, or Women in Art. Specific topics will be dependent on the instructor's area of specialization. Additional course fee is required.
This covers communication as it affects and is affected by language and culture. Topics include contextualized use of communication within speech communities, intercultural effectiveness, cultural communication theory, competent intercultural experiences in co-cultures (ethnic, gender, intergenerational, deaf, etc.) and global cultural groups. A student may not earn credit for both the lower-division and upper-division versions of this course.
This course will study the mutual influence and interaction of religion and American popular culture, focusing on themes in entertainment media, the internet, politics, sports, education, church, and civil religion. It gives attention to the ability to compare and contrast biblical Christianity with cultural expressions of religion.
The aim of this course is to understand and evaluate important developments in the history of the United States during the 20th century. This course will give attention to the influence of selected events, trends, and key personalities in politics, religion, popular culture, and technology, and to their influence and application to the shape of our society today.
Once a self-described atheist scholar, C. S. Lewis has become one of the most widely read Christian apologists of all time. Best known for The Chronicles of Narnia and Mere Christianity, Lewis wrote more than 70 books in the mid-20th century. In this course, students will read a sampling of his nonfiction and his fiction as they explore the broader societal contexts and implications for Lewis’ life and far-reaching influence.
This course is designed to encourage students to develop multicultural awareness and competencies for working with people of diverse groups in society.
This course examines how the identity of Israel was shaped by particular narratives in the Old Testament. Students will discover the influence of the social, cultural, historical, and religious context on the narratives. Students will learn how the narratives convey theological concepts and explore personal application of those concepts.
This class will focus on the artistic world of painting, drawing, and sculpture and what is considered fine art in general. Our examination of these media through aesthetic, historical and critical analysis will broaden our understanding, appreciation, and experience of art and its role in our lives. The course material will be brought to you through slide shows, films, field trips, and class discussions via the discussion board. Assigned readings will enhance your ability to "see the experience" art in a new light.
A scheduled class with topics chosen to meet the special needs and interests of students, faculty, or visiting professors.
Individualized study or supervised research in an area of special interest to the student which is outside the regular offerings of the major.
A comparative study of world societies and their ways of life.

 

The LACC 285 topics that may meet the Humanities requirement are:

  • Conflict Resolution Strategies
  • Jesus and Leadership
  • Music Appreciation
  • Portraits of Jesus of Nazareth
  • Social and Ethical Psychology
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • The American West in Film and Fiction
  • The Art of Persuasion: Tools for Influence
  • The Art of Storytelling
  • Yoga: A Path to Physical, Mental and Spiritual Well-Being

The LACC 295 topic that could meet the Humanities requirement is:

  • The Global Leadership Summit
Mathematics at or above the level of College Algebra are accepted.
A liberal arts math course emphasizing applications of mathematical concepts in areas such as financial topics, probability and statistics, and uses spreadsheets as a mathematical tool.

Choose one of the following:

Lab science is required.
A course to fulfill the general education requirement. Deals with the organization of living things, anatomy and physiology of cells and organisms, reproduction and heredity, and the role of energy in the ecosystem. Bioethical considerations are discussed. Two lectures and one two-hour laboratory per week. Additional course fee is required.
This course will delve into topics of Earth Science: including Earth in space, the Earth-Moon system, the atmosphere, weather & climate, rocks & minerals, plate tectonics, the building of Earth's surfaces, and the shaping of Earth's surface.
A scheduled class with topics chosen to meet the special needs and interests of students, faculty, or visiting professors.

 

The LACC 285 topic that may meet the Natural Science requirement is:

  • Physical Science

Choose three of the following:

Students must take a total of 9 credits from the following areas: psychology, sociology, economics, political science, and anthropology.
This covers communication as it affects and is affected by language and culture. Topics include contextualized use of communication within speech communities, intercultural effectiveness, cultural communication theory, competent intercultural experiences in co-cultures (ethnic, gender, intergenerational, deaf, etc.) and global cultural groups. A student may not earn credit for both the lower-division and upper-division versions of this course.
This course is designed to encourage students to develop multicultural awareness and competencies for working with people of diverse groups in society.
Social media is a term used to describe many online tools that make electronic social interaction possible. Through readings, video speakers, case presentations, and first-hand exposure to social media, this interactive course will provide students an opportunity to understand how social media is changing the way individuals think, interact, and engage. Students will explore the positive and negative effects of social media on the individual and on society.
This course is a study of major theories of personality, including Freudian, Neo-Freudian, behaviorist, trait, and humanistic theories. An experimental dynamic will involve synthesis of important elements of theory, faith, and personal thought processes and behaviors.
This course incorporates a theoretical and experiential exploration of the causes and effects of stress physiologically and psychologically. Students will be introduced to physical, mental, and spiritual techniques to reduce stress and increase relaxation.
A scheduled class with topics chosen to meet the special needs and interests of students, faculty, or visiting professors.
Individualized study or supervised research in an area of special interest to the student which is outside the regular offerings of the major.
An introduction to the study of society, including the study of the shared relationships that create social organization and social processes of society. Required for sociology majors and for admission into the social work major.
A comparative study of world societies and their ways of life.

 

The LACC 285 topics that may meet the Social Science requirement are:

  • Basic Economics
  • Conflict Resolution Strategies
  • Exploring Psychology
  • Foundations of American Government
  • Mentoring in the Workplace and Community
  • Social and Ethical Psychology
  • Social Entrepreneurship

The LACC 295 topic that may meet the Social Science requirement is:

  • The Global Leadership Summit